So I set out to pack my weeks with more activities so I didn't feel like I was wasting my life away in front of my computer (because writing can seriously become a 24/7 job if you let it) and to get into some sort of rhythm. For starters, I started volunteering again, which is always a fulfilling experience no matter how much or little I do. For me, reading and playing with kids is a stress reliever like no other and you know what's the best part about it? In the end, the little rugrats go back home with their parents.
On Monday, I went to my first gym class at Equinox. I'm still recovering from that Body Sculpt class, but it felt great walking out of there showered and pumped (as well as famished) ready to take on the day ahead. Now I'm determined to take full advantage of my 30-day membership by adding yoga, meditation and cardio kickboxing to my week. (I'm still on the fence about swimming - especially in this weather.) It may sound like a lot, but when you realize classes are only an hour long, it's really not much and it has a positive influence on the rest of the day (not to mention its long-term benefits). Geez, I can't believe I'm all for hitting the gym now.
I'm still attending weekly writing group meetings with A. and recently met up with a new friend for an evening writing session in a wonderful coffee shop near Columbia University. I hope it also becomes a fixture in my schedule. But aside from all this I'm still trying to fit in one more important thing: my arts and crafts hobby! I haven't done any of it since I made my Christmas ornaments two months ago, so I must get back on it ASAP.
This is all sounds exhausting, I know, but I just love a busy schedule and it feels damn good to cultivate my life outside of work and dating. Hmm, maybe I should start checking out museum exhibits again... and art galleries... and photography...
Come to think of it, thank God I don't have a full-time otherwise I'd never have time for a life.